Friday, March 24, 2017

Dutchy Digest #11 (and S.P.A.C.E.)

   This weekend in Columbus, Ohio, they're celebrating S.P.A.C.E., the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo, which is the midwest's longest running exhibition of small press, creator owned and art comics - this is their 18th year!

   It's a great exhibit for all kinds of creative comics, with an amazing array of topics and characters on display.

   One of my favorites is Dutchy Digest, which stars the most unusual detective ever - Amos Dinglehoffer, the Pennsylvania Dutch Detective!

   (One reason I'm fond of it is because my Great-Grandfather was raised in Pennsylvania Dutch country.)

   Amos is a farm boy who gets called on whenever there's a mystery - no matter how big or small the challenge!

   This issue finds Amos faced with a puzzle he may not be able to solve - because he's feverish and confined to his bed! Luckily, his chicken Duke is on the job.

   That gives artist Bruce Rosenberger the chance to cook up a wild nightmare for poor Amos. I love the art on this comic - it's expressive, lively and very funny, and always in service to the story.

   Writer Steven Hager keeps the story zipping along, and does a great job capturing the dialect of the residents.

   The issue includes pages by guest artists Matt Howarth and Nate McDonough.

   It's a great example of a small press comic - it'll have you smiling from start to finish! And it only costs a buck!

Grade: A


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